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There’s more to Alton than the Towers

13th May 2011 Print

Idyllic holiday cottage destination, Lower Micklin Farm, in the Staffordshire countryside is expanding its facilities and extending its opening season, after new owners take over this month.

The cottages on Alton Road previously opened between April and October, in line with Alton Towers. However, new owners Michael and Margaret Trevor, and Kieran Mangan believe there is more to Alton than the Towers and will be opening up all year round so guests can enjoy the local sites, such as Carsington Water, Dovedale and Waterworld in Stoke-On-Trent. The purchase of the farm has been financed by a commercial mortgage provided by Santander Business Banking.

The farm is set in ten acres of picturesque grassland and Mr & Mrs Trevor, along with their business partner Kieran Mangan are obtaining planning permission for another holiday cottage and fifteen touring caravans, to add to the four cottages already there. Each of the existing cottages can sleep up to seven people, making the farm an ideal destination for families and friends alike.

Kieran Mangan said: "We are delighted with the purchase of Lower Micklin Farm. It is set in such an idyllic location, perfect for long country walks and enjoying the scenery. We're really looking forward to exploring the farms potential and showing people that this area has appeal all year round and not just when the theme park is open.

"We were introduced to Santander by our broker, Martin Hyde from City Business Loans and we've been really happy with the service we have received. Murray Smith, the Relationship Manager from Santander Business Banking has really taken the time to get to know us and understand our plans for the farm and we're really grateful to have their support."

Murray Smith, Relationship Manager at Santander Business Banking said: "I'm really pleased that Santander Business Banking has been able to support the purchase of Lower Micklin Farm. Michael, Margaret and Kieran have a wealth of experience between them and this makes them ideal customers. They have strong and realistic plans for the future of the farm and I'm confident they will make a real success of it."

For further information on the range of services available to businesses, business owners or finance directors, visit the Santander Business Banking website at or telephone 0845 607 0666.

For further information on Lower Micklin Farm, visit